Monthly Archives: August 2016

Small Sanctuary Created Around The Fish Release Site On The Tilton River.

Action: The Tilton River (Lewis County) will be closed to all fishing from posted markers 25 feet downstream to 25 feet upstream of the fish release site ramp at Gus Backstrom Park.

Effective dates: Sept. 3, 2016, until further notice.

Species affected: All species including salmon.

Reason for action: Fall chinook and coho are being released on the Tilton River for sport harvest opportunity and reintroduction purposes. After being released, the fish tend to temporarily congregate at the release site. Providing a small sanctuary (closure around the release location) will allow the fish to recover and disperse as well as reduce the potential for snagging.

Other information: For areas open to fishing on the Tilton River, the salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Only hatchery chinook and coho may be retained.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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Winchester Bay Salmon

As the ocean non-selective coho season approaches (Saturday, Sept. 3rd), the number of Chinook salmon caught at Winchester Bay has been disappointing. Slightly cooler weather should allow for some improvement in the fishing and Chinook fishing in the Siuslaw River and in Coos Bay has been good.

Although the Chinook numbers seem to be down for the Umpqua River,  there seems to be lots of big fish - like this 32 pounder taken last week.

Although the Chinook numbers seem to be down for the Umpqua River, there seems to be lots of big fish – like this 32 pounder taken last week.

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CDFW Reminds Hunters of Mandatory Deer Tag Reporting Requirement.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds deer hunters that all deer tag holders are required to report their harvest, even if they were unsuccessful or did not hunt. Harvest, survival and recruitment information are vital to projecting deer populations and setting tag quotas for the next year’s hunting season. By submitting a completed report on-time, hunters can actively help CDFW assess deer populations and also avoid a fine.

Hunters who harvested a deer are required to report within 30 days of harvest or by Jan. 31, 2017, whichever is earliest. Hunters who did not harvest a deer, or did not hunt at all, must report by Jan. 31, 2017. Failure to report by the appropriate deadline will result in a non-reporting fee of $21.60 being assessed when purchasing next year’s tag.

CDFW instituted a grace period during the first year of mandatory deer tag reporting so deer hunters could become acclimated to the new reporting regulation, which was enacted on July 1, 2015. During the 2015 season, only half of all tag holders reported, while others reported late or submitted incomplete reports. The grace period has now ended and fees will be assessed for 2016 tag holders who do not report on time.

Some 2016 tag holders have already reported and CDFW appreciates their cooperation.

Tag holders have two options for submitting a completed report. The preferred method is online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/hunting#9941260-tag-reporting. Reports may also be mailed to the address listed on the report card (CDFW Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94299-0002).

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Sept. 3 is Free Fishing Day in California.

Don’t miss the last chance to fish for free this year! Free Fishing Day in California is being offered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Saturday, Sept. 3, during Labor Day weekend.

“One of the greatest things about Free Fishing Day is that it provides an opportunity to open a door for someone who’s never tried it,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “If you’re already an experienced angler, bring a friend or family member out with you and show them the excitement of landing a fish. It’s a great way to make memories.”

A basic annual resident sport fishing license in California currently costs $47.01, but CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year – usually around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend – when it’s legal to fish without one. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, go to CDFW’s website for information about purchasing a license.

All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect on Free Fishing Day. Every angler must also have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for abalone, steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems.

Before you head out to your favorite lake or stream, please review the fishing rules and regulations at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations.

California's second of two free fishing days this year is September 3rd.

California’s second of two free fishing days this year is September 3rd.

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Labor Day Salmon Derby in Reedsport, Winchester Bay, Gardiner.

A $500 cash prize is up for grabs if you haul in the “heaviest salmon overall” at the 23rd Annual Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay Salmon Derby held this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5.

The derby is an annual fundraiser for the Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay STEP group that focuses on raising hatchery fall Chinook salmon for the lower Umpqua River. Working with ODFW, the group’s goal is to raise 100,000 fall Chinook which contribute about 2,000 returning adults for anglers to harvest. Derby funds go directly to helping raise these fish.

Derby hours are Saturday and Sunday from daylight to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, daylight to noon. Tickets are $10 for individual and $25 per private boat and are sold in Reedsport at Ace Hardware, the Recreation Station and Turman Tackle and in Winchester Bay at Salmon Harbor Tackle, Stockade Market and at weigh-in locations.

Derby weigh-in locations are the Rainbow Plaza boat Ramp in Reedsport and the East Boat Ramp (Salmon Harbor) in Winchester. Awards will be handed out 1pm Monday at the Salmon Harbor RV Resort Marine Activity Center in Winchester Bay.

This year’s derby features $1,350 in cash prizes and $1,500 in Cabela’s fishing gear.

All angling rules apply and anglers must have a valid angling license and tag. This year, anglers can use two rods if they have a two-rod angling validation.

STEP is an ODFW program working with volunteers to achieve the agency’s fish management objectives. The Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay STEP group, Cabela’s and many other local businesses sponsor the derby.

phone are advised to call the main office in Salem at 503-947-6000 or to log into the agency website at www.odfw.com to find the information they are looking for.

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Mardon Resort / Potholes Fishing Report

Bass fishing has been very effective in the Sand Dunes, finding current flows, beaver huts and underwater wood & weed lines. Crab Creek continues to produce an amazing amount of 2lb to 4 lb. largemouth. Many serious anglers are catching and releasing largemouth over 6 lbs this past week. Remember to always use extreme caution when boating in the Sand Dunes area. Smallmouth and some largemouth bass have been good on the face of O’Sullivan Dam. Some great smallmouth reports are coming from the Goose Island area. Be alert to the rock piles between Goose Island and Hwy 262. The Lind Coulee has had some good smallmouth reports, also.
Walleye trollers are catching more walleyes this week on spinner and worm combos, also Rapala Shad Rap and Berkeley Flicker Shads. They are also catching crappie, perch, smallmouth and largemouth, along with some trout.
The MarDon fishing dock continues to provide action for fishers of all ages. It’s time to take a kid fishing on Labor Day, get one more outing in before school starts.
Don’t forget the MarDon Lake Games and Beach Party with this year’s theme Gilligan’s Island, August 27, 2016, featuring a boat poker run, with island games, followed by fun, social beach party and music. Sign ups are in the Beach House Restaurant Friday 6pm-9pm and Saturday morning 9am-11am.
The MarDon Dock Tournament for 2016 is scheduled for 9/16-9/18/16. If you would like to sign up just come out to our office and fill out an application or give us a call and we can also do it over the phone @ (509) 346-2651.

Mike Meseberg with a jumbo Sand Dune Largemouth bass.  Caught on a flipping jig.

Mike Meseberg with a jumbo Sand Dune Largemouth bass. Caught on a flipping jig.

Milo with a 28 inch walleye caught between Goose Island trolling back to MarDon on a spinner and crawler combination.

Milo with a 28 inch walleye caught between Goose Island trolling back to MarDon on a spinner and crawler combination.

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ODFW News – ACTION NOTICE – Recreational Ocean Salmon N. of Falcon Closes Saturday Night (corrected dates).

8/26/16 ACTION NOTICE- Recreational Ocean Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the recreational fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to the recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN:

Within the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon), recreational ocean salmon fishing closes effective 11:59 PM on Saturday, August 27th.

RATIONALE AND NOTES: The Coho Salmon quota in this area is expected to be met by the end of the day on Saturday, August 27th. Through Thursday, August 25th an estimated 17,460 Coho Salmon had been landed out of the quota of 18,900 Coho leaving only 1,440 Coho on the quota. Weekday catches have been averaging 733 Coho per day, and the quota is likely to be exceeded by Saturday night.

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WDFW News – Ocean Salmon Fishery Off Ilwaco To Close Early.

Action: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will close to salmon fishing at the end of the day Aug. 27.

Effective Dates: 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27.

Species affected: All salmon.

Locations: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco); Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape Falcon, Oregon.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers will reach the preseason coho quota of 18,900 by the end of the day Aug. 27. Closing the salmon fishery early will help ensure compliance with conservation objectives.

Other information: The Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River remains open as scheduled. For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2016-17 fishing rules pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

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WDFW News – WDFW offers free fishing while license sales are suspended.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering “free fishing” days through Tuesday while the agency’s license sales system is down.

Earlier this week, WDFW temporarily suspended the sale of fishing and hunting licenses. The agency is working with the state Office of Cyber Security (OCS) to investigate a vulnerability in an outside vendor’s license sales system and is working to restore sales as soon as possible.

In the meantime, WDFW will not require anglers to have a fishing license to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state, beginning today through Tuesday, Aug. 30, said Jim Unsworth, WDFW director. Likewise, the department will not require anglers to have a vehicle access pass to park at WDFW water access sites. Other rules, such as seasons, size limits, bag limits, and closures, will remain in effect.

Before heading out, anglers should also check the current fishing regulations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Requirements for all anglers to have fishing licenses, catch record cards, and endorsements will be back in effect on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

“We are as frustrated as our customers over the licensing system being shut down, but we want to make sure anglers can still hit the waters over the next several days,” Unsworth said.

Hunters will have to wait to buy licenses until the sales system can be restored, Unsworth noted. The agency anticipates having a sales channel available before major hunting seasons – such as archery deer, elk and cougar – begin in September, he said.

“I appreciate our customers’ patience while we work through this security vulnerability with our license sales vendor,” Unsworth said. “The department is taking the steps necessary to ensure the sales site is secure and our customers’ information is protected.”

WDFW will provide updates about license sales on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/, and through its Facebook site at www.facebook.com/WashingtonFishWildlife

Department officials said a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement will not be needed to fish for salmon and steelhead in open areas of the Columbia River. Anglers will not need a two-pole endorsement to fish with two-poles in select waters where two pole fishing is permitted. Crabbers also will not need a Puget Sound crab endorsement through Aug. 30.

Anglers will not be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or crab they catch from Aug. 25 through Aug. 30.

Through Aug. 30, anglers will not need a Discover Pass to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by WDFW. The Discover Pass will still be required to access lands managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Washington State Parks. The parks department had previously announced that it is not requiring a Discover Pass on Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

Discover Pass sales will continue at local dealerships and at state parks locations. More information on Discover Pass sales locations is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/discoverpass/

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WDFW News – Hunting And Fishing License Sales suspended while State Agencies Investigate System Vulnerability.

he Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has temporarily suspended the sale of fishing and hunting licenses while it works with the state Office of Cyber Security (OCS) to investigate a vulnerability in an outside vendor’s license sale system that was recently exploited in several states, including Washington.

The vendor’s vulnerability allowed access to some personal information provided by customers who purchased fishing and hunting licenses. WDFW and OCS are working with the vendor and collaborating with law enforcement, federal agencies, and officials in other states to determine how much information was accessed.

WDFW is working to resume license sales as soon as it can ensure the security of the system. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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